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York County becomes center of Pa. political world

Updated: Saturday, March 22 2014, 10:57 AM CDT
Posted by: Kelly Christ

By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- One of Pennsylvania's 67 counties finds itself making an outsized impact on the state's politics these days, most recently by producing a surprising result in a special election for state Senate.

The political influence of York County, a fast-growing area between Harrisburg and the Maryland state line, may be at its highest point since the town hosted the Second Continental Congress during the Revolutionary War.

On Tuesday, trash hauling company owner Scott Wagner, a tea party-aligned Republican, managed to pull off a long-shot write-in win in the special election.

In addition, one York County resident holds the statewide office of auditor general, a second is the third-ranking House Republican, a third is the state's public welfare secretary and a fourth leads polls in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.York County becomes center of Pa. political world


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